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8 Hurtigruten Nordnorge Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

I had been meaning to travel with Hurtigruten for some time and wanted to visit Norway in winter, having been in summer several times. Being on the Nordnorge felt like being part of a small community. The staff were really friendly and the ... Read More
I had been meaning to travel with Hurtigruten for some time and wanted to visit Norway in winter, having been in summer several times. Being on the Nordnorge felt like being part of a small community. The staff were really friendly and the food excellent. I don't eat meat and was offered fish or vegetarian options. The staff seemed genuinely interested to hear if I liked the choice. The buffet at breakfast and lunch was really good too. I just loved seeing the cargo load and unload and wave to the other Hurtigruten ships as they passed. I wanted a lazy holiday due to having a really busy job and the lack of onboard entertainment and short hop passengers sleeping in the bar which other reviewers have moaned about were just part of the sea voyage experience and a plus for me. We had storms and rain but these were not the fault of Hurtigruten! We also had some wonderful sunny days and snow too. Just great. I will be back. If, like me, you love the idea of sea travel but hate idea of a 'ballgowns at dawn' cruise this is the ship for you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We just returned from a Hurtigruten cruise from Bergen Norway to Kirkenes, a six night, five day cruise. We wanted to see that coast and that midnight sun on June 21 for some time. Friends in Germany had told us, “Not much rain in ... Read More
We just returned from a Hurtigruten cruise from Bergen Norway to Kirkenes, a six night, five day cruise. We wanted to see that coast and that midnight sun on June 21 for some time. Friends in Germany had told us, “Not much rain in Norway.” It was overcast and rainy the whole time. The fjords were beautiful. The rock formations were stunning even without the sun. We hadn’t booked any excursions, but planned on walking around the towns. Of course the weather wasn’t Hurtigruten’s fault. The ship offered a baptism by Neptune. Neptune “baptized” us all week! The ship made a big marketing deal of the midnight sun. Come to the top deck, camera-ready and special drinks for sale at midnight. We looked out our port-hole for the sun. No show, just overcast! We were there; the sun was somewhere in hiding. A number of travelers on the ship were disappointed in the company’s squeezing of every possible kroner out of us. Coffee was free and plentiful for breakfast. But to have it any other time, you were encouraged to buy a COFFEE PACKAGE. You got a small mug and paid the equivalent of $60 for five days of unlimited coffee. I mean, really, who drinks $12 worth of coffee a day? And no water at the table for lunch or dinner. Of course, you could buy mineral, sparkling water. Our friends traveling with us tried to bring their water from the room. It was confiscated by the smiling dining room greeters with the hand-sanitizing squirt. I heard one staffer say, the only thing free on the ship is the air. And the squirt! On the plus side, the staff were friendly and helpful at every opportunity. The Wifi was reliable in the public sections suggested. The food was good. The buffets had plentiful choices for breakfast and lunch. The dinner offerings were artfully presented and pretty tasty. They allowed a limited amount of wine in your luggage. I was glad they didn’t check. My litre and a half went a bit over. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My husband and I have recently returned from a Bergen / Kirkenese / Bergen cruise on the Nordnorge. Everything about this cruise was amazing. The food was incredible with plenty of choice at the breakfast and lunch time buffets. As fish ... Read More
My husband and I have recently returned from a Bergen / Kirkenese / Bergen cruise on the Nordnorge. Everything about this cruise was amazing. The food was incredible with plenty of choice at the breakfast and lunch time buffets. As fish lovers we were in heaven (for both breakfast and lunch) but there was always a brilliant selection of other food including vegetarian and gluten free. The set evening meal which I have seen criticised in other reviews was local food. What else would you want to eat? Stay in England or go to Spain if you want English food! The evening menu was published each morning and you were able to ask for an alternative if a course did not suit your taste, It's hard to highlight an individual meal but the seafood buffet has to be the one - even though it was temporally abandoned when the Northern Lights were announced! The staff were so friendly and hard working. The cabins were clean with really comfortable beds. The ship's decor was beautiful and everywhere was spotlessly clean. The two jacuzzis were just wonderful. Health and Safety precautions were discretely in place and the general day to day organisation including disembarkation arrangements was impressive. I had read reviews where people had complained about the short stays in some ports but this just how Hurtigruten works. When it was just a short stay in a port it was always fascinating to watch the loading and unloading of goods and passengers. Clearly Hurtigruten is an important part of the Coastal Community and it was a privilege to be able to observe this part of Norwegian life. When the boats were in port for longer you had time to explore towns by yourself or take part in one of the well organised excursions. Our experiences of the Alesund Art Nouveau tour, the North Cape visit, Husky Sledging in Kirkenes and the Midnight Concert in Tromso were all excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation. Unlike more traditional cruises (which do not appeal to us) there was very little on board entertainment. Why would you want entertainment with all that wildlife and scenery? The Artic Circle ceremonies were fun, the DVD presentations informative and the Norwegian Sushi demonstration was delicious! What more can I say? Would just love to return! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My wife and I took the 12 night round trip cruise from Bergen to Bergen via Kirkenes on MS Nordnorge, departing Bergen on 17 March 2013. Our accommodation in Suite 636 was spacious and comfortable, considering this is a small working ship ... Read More
My wife and I took the 12 night round trip cruise from Bergen to Bergen via Kirkenes on MS Nordnorge, departing Bergen on 17 March 2013. Our accommodation in Suite 636 was spacious and comfortable, considering this is a small working ship and not a large, four star cruise liner. As experienced cruisers on RCCL our overall impression of the cruise was very good. Perhaps the only disappointment was wanting to stay longer at the various ports, due to the sheer magnificence of Norway. However, the cruise itinerary and Hurtigruten marketing information clearly state that this is a different type of cruise experience on a working ship. I find some of the very few negative reviews in this regard to be astounding and unfair to Hurtigruten as one knows what ones in for when booking. That includes the very high prices of food and beverage, which is not a Hurtigruten issue but the reality of Norway. This is not a luxury cruise liner experience. So, if you expect a variety of on-board activities, night life, lengthy port calls, catering to all ages and a continuous gastronomic overindulgence, this is not for you. So, why did we choose this cruise? We wanted something different, adventurous and a chance to meet Norwegians. We are over 50 nature lovers from South Africa, having cruised to many parts of the world, including twice to Alaska and wanted to embark on an adventure to see the Aurora Borealis and the magnificent Norwegian coastline. This was an expensive cruise but well worth it to us. Our entire experience, from arriving at the Hurtigruten terminal in Bergen, way before opening time and being let into the building by a Hurtigruten employee to escape the cold, the staff excellence, the cuisine, the spotless MS Nordnorge, the Norwegian people, the scenery and of course, witnessing a brilliant display of the Aurora Borealis whilst docked at Svolvaer and then for the next couple of hours, make this an unforgettable experience. Yes, expensive, but well worth it to us and highly recommended to the mature, experienced traveller. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
As Cruisers go this was our first trip, & having read reviews first we had a good idea of what to expect, & therefore unlike some reviewers who seemed to travel blind we had no really unexpected problems. We are not lie on the ... Read More
As Cruisers go this was our first trip, & having read reviews first we had a good idea of what to expect, & therefore unlike some reviewers who seemed to travel blind we had no really unexpected problems. We are not lie on the beach & roast types or sit in a floating 5000 bed hotel & not know when or where you are, & Las Vegas style shows no thanks, there thats told you so now you know us. Our booking of the trip was no problem, a 15 minute or so phone call & we were reserved, not the suite I would have liked,( in the end I was glad we didn't get one) but the cabin was outside deck 3 & turned out to be just right. Having received the booking info & brochure & advice about pre booking tours we had plenty of time to bone up on the choices & do just that pre book. The invoice had been paid, but no problem I received an amendment, coughed up the extra & all was set. I did have some questions but a quick phone call & all was answered. I did get worried when the tickets hadn't turned up but a quick call & all was ok. So off we go, Titan Air Charter was quick & simple ( Stansted is Stansted). On arrival in Bergen our transfer was straight forward, our luggage taken care of once on the coach, it would appear at our cabin next so no more humping it around. At the port we sign in & get our Cruise Cards ( needed for access) sit through a 15 minute H&S video & shown how to wear a very fetching bright RED survival suit. Once on board we don't wait long to get to our cabins, what would they be like ( we are virgins don't forget). First impression,just right like Goldilocks not too big, not too small. All you need a loo, a shower,handbasin, plenty of hanging space & cupboards. The single beds were large enough & comfortable with crisp linen & the window a good size. Our luggage turns up & we settle in. And above all the cabin was clean!!!!!!! Its a few hours to go before we sail & we have dinner & exploring to do first. There is no cabin tea & coffee, but what is called a "Coffee Deal" at approx £30 a head you can drink yourself to death on basic coffee & tea for the whole trip. So at £2.50+ a cup you can soon recup ( get it recup) your layout. One deal we didn't go for as we are not surnamed Rothschild or Gates, was the wine deal at approx £400 for a bottle of wine each night for the trip :)- Ok the trip was billed as Northern Lights & sure enough on leaving port that first night we have a good display at around 11.00pm and to be honest as far as we were concerned that was the best display of the trip, not to say that others saw better, but our stamina started to wane after late calls over the intercom for the first few days left us a wee sleepy. We get some pictures of later shows, but these were better picked up by digital cameras than naked eyes, to which they appeared as green blurs. But we did get the chance to see constellations & galaxies hidden by UK lights, revealed by Norwegian darkness. Ok, lets cut this down you're getting bored, we had 4 excursions, Trondheim City Tour with a very knowledgeable guide Anna, a very enjoyable Viking Feast with tasty basic food & a wealth of information, a trip to North Cape again an informative guide & video, & finally a trip to the Russian border, a little disappointing not a lot of Russians or guard towers, just a Russian liquid waste lorry. Now homeward bound, no more lights but a couple of Sea Eagles, Troll Fjord & what I consider the best a pod of 6 Orcas all be bit only seen for 5 minutes,but great. Ok 3 more things, the food & the tour manager,captain & crew The food, well 3 square a day was good, Breakfast was help yourself always porridge, cereals, fruit, yogurt, smoked & pickled fish of at least 6 varieties, & for hot boiled eggs, mini franks & meatballs & variously fried egg & bacon, scrambled eggs,cheese, rolls, bread , toast& other things I have forgotten. Lunch was always a cold table with poached salmon, smoked salmon,gravlax, sild in various sauces, salads, sliced cold meats, cheeses. Plus hot choices always a vegetarian choice , & 2 meat options with rice or potatoes & a vegetable, also sauces to accompany your meal. And to round off, usually 4 or 5 desserts sometimes with ice cream, & always cheese & biscuits plus fruit. Dinner was a fixed 3 course meal which alternated fish & meat more or less, you can get a menu if you go on line I'm not going all through it here. Portions were sufficient, say no more, but nearly always very good. (food is very subjective) being a chef I can appreciate what goes on back of house, & even more so in restricted circumstances. Please DO NOT moan about getting fish every night it's not true, man cannot leave on BURGERS & CHIPS alone. The Tour Manager Eskild Ognes, a very versatile & patient man, with good British sense of humour & learning skills, ( he learnt how to pronounce SAUSAGES in 3 minutes) you needed to be there!!! The Captain,Bridge & Crew although we did not interact that much were always polite & communicative, the waiting/cleaning staff always friendly & helpful. Our voyage ( it's not a strict cruise) was fun, hard work, ( a lot of looking/watching) & eating. Would we go again, YES please. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We sailed from Bergen to Tromso, and were disappointed with our Hurtigruten experience. The food was very average and extremely over priced for the quality. The cabins were nice enough, although as a couple you stay in separate single ... Read More
We sailed from Bergen to Tromso, and were disappointed with our Hurtigruten experience. The food was very average and extremely over priced for the quality. The cabins were nice enough, although as a couple you stay in separate single beds unless you go for a deluxe cabin. The staff were not very helpful. Trying to book the trip to begin with was very difficult on the Hurtigruten website and we ended up having to call them from Australia to try to book the trip, the whole process took about 45 minutes on an international call. We were given incorrect information regarding meals on the boat, which the staff on the ship would not help rectify once we were there, and when we complained we were given the email address of head office and told to email them rather than speak to anyone on the actual boat! The port docking times were usually short (1 hour or less) with the occasional 3 hour stop. We stopped in Trondheim from 6am until midday - there is nothing open in Trondheim before 9am - not even McDonalds. The age group on our ship was very specific- all seniors, it seems the boat definitely caters for a specific demographic. The scenery on the trip was lovely, although difficult to see due to extreme weather conditions. We found the scenery on the train from Oslo to Bergen to be just as beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Our first cruise, I had always wanted to go on a Northern Lights cruise (hubbie not so enamoured as likes the warmth.) Booked on line, not daunted by the fact that hadn't heard of the booking company. Fully expected a ... Read More
Our first cruise, I had always wanted to go on a Northern Lights cruise (hubbie not so enamoured as likes the warmth.) Booked on line, not daunted by the fact that hadn't heard of the booking company. Fully expected a "cruise",i.e. travelling in style, calling in at places of interest, booking on the boat etc. Bit let down on several counts, i.e. not informed that the ship was a ferry/cargo boat and that it would be calling in at thirty or so ports to pick up both passengers &/or cargo. Rather basic cabins (not having taken a cruise before we obviously didn't know what to expect!) Cramped conditions but, hey ho, one doesn't spend a lot of time in the cabin. We did both suffer from minor skin irritations ? bugs (ugh) and had to buy anti-histamine cream. On boarding ship with suitcases, no assistance available to lug these up rather narrow metal stairs (due to height of quayside) therefore wouldn't advise anyone with even slight disability to consider this. Wise to ask about this before booking! & to mention any infirmity. Food ok but could be repetitive and be prepared for the fact the fish is mainly on the menu. No choice of menu for dinner which was disappointing! We did have a shock on discovering price of drink & meals out.. beware! Plus points - very clean ship (apart from suspect bugs in cabin!) charming staff and a brilliant Hurtigruten tour manager who worked long hours and was a mine of information. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
5 of us (all from Switzerland) sailed on the Nordnorge from Bergen to Kirkenes in mid June 2002. We were delighted with the boarding process which was really easy. Our luggage was taken from us at the dock and we went straight to our ... Read More
5 of us (all from Switzerland) sailed on the Nordnorge from Bergen to Kirkenes in mid June 2002. We were delighted with the boarding process which was really easy. Our luggage was taken from us at the dock and we went straight to our cabins. We then sorted out dinner reservations and were able to secure a table for the group, without other people assigned to it, by opting for the second sitting (7.30pm I seem to remember). The Hurtigruten is a working line, and everything went like clockwork. Loading finished on time and we sailed on time, enjoying the view from the observation lounge of the archipelago as we left Bergen. The cabins, for junior suites, were small but adequate. We had a sitting area, bathroom with shower (bathroom was really small!) and a comfortable king size bed with nice duvets. Everything was spotless. One member of our group has a single cabin - which was in fact a standard double - and she found this really small. If two people had been in it, with both beds down (one folded up in the daytime, and for single use) then there was really no room to move! The only other comment about our cabin is that the window was really high up and you could only see out of it if you stood up. Too bad - it would have been lovely had it been lower! The meals on the ship are typically Norwegian - very copious. (Would suite Americans I suppose but for European travellers servings were rather large!) Breakfast and lunch were buffets with loads of fresh seafood and, to my husband's delight, make-it-yourself waffles at breakfast. Food at dinner was served - the waiters did morning duty as cabin cleaners and were mostly all charming young Norwegian students - and quite bland. Potatoes came with everything!! As I said, this is a working ship. It makes something like 36 port calls from Bergen to Kirkenes, transporting all sorts of things including people. We had been warned that we might hear noise in the night as cargo was loaded and un-loaded. In fact we heard nothing and slept like babies!! But, being a working ship, people keep getting on and off and there seems to be no policy to stop the young from sleeping anywhere on the ship - including the nice swivel chairs in the Observation lounge!! I found this rather tacky. Our itinerary was great. We stopped at Trondheim and took a ship-organised excursion to visit a museum of musical instruments, which was fascinating. We also cruised the Geiranger Fjord - truly beautiful scenery. I think this was added as part of the attraction for foreigners as the ship didn't seem to stop anywhere or load and unload. We stopped at other little (and I mean little!) towns and then sailed to the Lofoten Islands. These are truly spectacular and we enjoyed the couple of hours in port. Another tour we took was at the North Cape, which is Europe's most northerly point. We were bused to the Cape where we had time to see a really good film on it and walk around. We also visited a Sami (Lapp) encampment. I could have done without this as, like American Indian pueblos, it is quite depressing and you hate to see the Sami being exploited as a tourist destination. We were on board on June 21st, way into the Artic Circle, and experienced the sun circling around us instead of setting. Really impressive!! In sum, we all enjoyed the trip. It is not a luxury ship by any means, but it is comfortable (A/C works perfectly in the cabins) and the scenery is fabulous! Read Less
Sail Date June 2002
Nordnorge Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment N/A 3.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.2
Family 3.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.5 3.9
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.7

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